Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A New State Bird

Moving to a new place means many things but it also means a new state bird.  For us in Georgia, that's the Brown Thrasher.  while Brown Thrashers are common here in Georgia, I really struggled finding them in Connecticut.  I could find other much rarer birds, but I have 1 Brown Thrasher on my CT list.  Yet, down here in Georgia, they are fairly common.  I had found one recently that had some feathers out of place.  You can see in the pictures below that the feathers are easy to see and stand out against his white breast.

Thrashers are awesome birds with some awesome adaptations.  They can mimic calls and are fairly tough birds.  The one I pictured with the ruffled breast feathers was still bossing other birds around the little patch where I found them.  The ability to mimic other birds shows an incredible amount of intelligence and capacity.  Makes you wonder where the idea of "bird brain" being a bad thing ever came from?

What's your state bird?  do you like it? what would change it to if you could?





Wild Bird Wednesday - Link here

Brown Thrasher Info at All About Birds - Link here

16 comments:

  1. A beautiful serie!
    My birdpost: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks Hans, I love your picture of the owl

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  2. A very interesting post. Our states/counties don't have birds here in the UK, but it's definitely something that should be introduced. I think I'd choose the Kingfisher.

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    1. Adam, I think that might be a fun exercise, I think the Urban Birder, David Lindo, was part of a campaign for the UK to get state/county birds. Kingfisher would be an awesome choice

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  3. That would be a fun bird to see and to hear it mimic other calls. Great photos.

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    1. Mimics are such cool birds! I heard a Blue Jay mimic a Red Tailed Hawk and it had me fooled!

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  4. Love the Brown Thrashers. We have one that visits our yard regularly. Always fun to watch, and it's easy to see how they got the name thrasher! I didn't realize they were a state bird. Here in Virginia, the Northern Cardinal is our state bird. On one of our travels south, I remember seeing a post card that said the state bird for Georgia was the Mosquito.

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    1. I've seen that sign too and after a visit to South Georgia, there's definitely a case for that!

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  5. Very interesting bird, The Brown Thrasher - good photos
    Mississippi's state bird is the Mockingbird

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    1. Mockers are really cool intelligent birds. I have that has claimed my feeder as its own. Which makes it hard to see other birds but still cool

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  6. The Brown Thrasher is a cool bird, great post and photos.

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  7. I always enjoyed seeing brown thrashers in the south. Here in AZ the curved bill thrasher is our substitute. :-) Lovely photos.

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